Saturday, April 27, 2013

MassBudget: what happened during debate - the House budget for FY 2014

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House Final Budget for FY 2014
On Wednesday evening, the Massachusetts House of Representatives passed its budget proposal for FY 2014. Our new brief, "House Budget for FY 2014: Amendments Adopted During Debate," describes the differences between this proposal and the earlier version put together by the House Ways & Means Committee. These include:

  • A much smaller cut to Youth Empowerment programs, which help young people find jobs and build careers

  • Additional funding to reverse proposed cuts to Public Health, including programs that support the well-being of children and young adults

  • Partial restoration of funds for Law & Public safety, and particularly for the courts

Overall, the full House budget is still largely similar to the Ways & Means budget. It provides new funding in some areas--notably Higher Education and Transportation--but also cuts to Early Education & Care programs that help improve the life-prospects of young children.

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